Creative Disruption columnist Dr. Bob Lester is the chief medical officer at WellHaven Pet Health, a former practice owner and a founding member of Banfield Pet Hospital and the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. He is president of the North American Veterinary Community and serves on the boards of Pet Peace of Mind, WellHaven Pet Health and the Lincoln Memorial veterinary college.Read Articles Written by Bob Lester
Ever since the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) was founded in 1982 (going by the name of Eastern States Veterinary Conference back then), its principal focus has been enriching veterinary professionals through education. That’s no different today, but the past four decades have offered the NAVC the chance to grow in ways we never could have imagined. There’s no better example than all the ways our annual conference has evolved to become what we know today as VMX. But this also includes media offerings (such as the publication you’re enjoying at the moment), digital learning, an advocacy initiative, international partnerships, and so much more.
While we are still focused on providing world-class learning opportunities, I know we can strive for even more. That’s why we have designated this year as the “Year of Giving Back.”
In honor of that commitment, we are proud to launch NAVC Gives, an award program that will recognize individuals, groups and unheralded organizations around the world that have made a profound difference in the lives of veterinary professionals and animals.
NAVC Gives: Submit a nomination today.
The NAVC has dedicated $1 million as the basis to establish this program, with the goal of achieving its organizational mission: “A world in which the veterinary healthcare team thrives.” Isn’t that a world you want to be a part of — and help build?
We believe this commitment will enrich the greater veterinary community, further support the profession we love and ultimately benefit the animals that we do all of this for. Our organization has long dreamed of expanding its philanthropic efforts and now is the time.
The NAVC has been providing unparalleled opportunities for lifelong learning for 40-plus years, and its non-profit vision is alive and well. This is exemplified through the VMX conference attended by over 27,000 veterinary professionals last year, the Colin F. Burrows International Scholar Program, the Dr. Earl H. Rippie Veterinary Nurse Leadership Scholarship, the NAVC’s partnership with BLEND, the Veterinary Innovation Council, and more.
Now, we can do even more.
As we worked to launch this program, we wanted to partner with the veterinary community to identify areas of need. That’s why this program will accept nominations for awards as we hope to identify under-recognized, yet important, causes that impact the veterinary community.
Nominations are now open. We can’t wait to review all the worthy nominations and recognize the first recipients at VMX 2024 in Orlando, Florida.
Learn more and start a nomination today at navc.com/gives.